Preschool teachers' multicultural teaching competencies in Malaysia

Rohaty Mohd Majzub, Salasiah Hashim

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    Malaysia is widely known to be a multiethnic nation that has engineered nation-building and fostered unity successfully through its education system. The preschool years are the most formative stage of human development and as such have been earmarked as an important window to create and enhance multicultural awareness. The National Unity Preschool (JAPNTN) system in Malaysia has addressed the issues of national unity and solidarity through its teacher training and curriculum. This paper reports the findings of a study on multicultural competencies among preschool teachers in Malaysia. A total of 136 preschool teachers in the state of Selangor were involved in the study. The instrument of the study was adapted from the Multicultural Teaching Competency Scale (MTCS). Both descriptive and inferential statistics were used to analyse the data. The main finding highlighted the high level of competency of the majority of preschool teachers in multicultural teaching and found no significant differences between teacher competencies in culturally homogenous v. heterogeneous classes (mean scores of 4.52 v. 4.53). The results indicate the need for further training of preschool teachers to sustain and enhance multicultural teaching competencies, as well as the need to conduct more study of this area.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)36-39
    Number of pages4
    JournalWorld Applied Sciences Journal
    Volume14
    Issue numberSPL ISS 2
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

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    Teaching
    teacher
    national unity
    inferential statistics
    state formation
    descriptive statistics
    teacher training
    education system
    solidarity
    curriculum

    Keywords

    • Cultural awareness
    • Ethnic bias
    • Multicultural education
    • Multicultural teaching competencies
    • Preschool

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    Preschool teachers' multicultural teaching competencies in Malaysia. / Mohd Majzub, Rohaty; Hashim, Salasiah.

    In: World Applied Sciences Journal, Vol. 14, No. SPL ISS 2, 2011, p. 36-39.

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    Mohd Majzub, R & Hashim, S 2011, 'Preschool teachers' multicultural teaching competencies in Malaysia', World Applied Sciences Journal, vol. 14, no. SPL ISS 2, pp. 36-39.
    Mohd Majzub, Rohaty ; Hashim, Salasiah. / Preschool teachers' multicultural teaching competencies in Malaysia. In: World Applied Sciences Journal. 2011 ; Vol. 14, No. SPL ISS 2. pp. 36-39.
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